Sunday, February 24, 2008

Yesterday we had our topic meeting. As you know I am a member of a doll making topic. Our topic had its birthday this week, so we organized our first meeting for this weekend.

It was a really very good one. It is always magic to see your online friends for the first time. We started in a patchwork shop (of course) then we went to the meeting place. We chatted, sewed and ate a lot. Our 'Topic mum' made a speech and we gave and got presents. We decided this present-programme months ago. Everyone who wanted to take part in it made a present. We put a number on each pack and everyone chose a number from a bag. We looked for the present with the same number, opened it and showed it to the others. The extra task was finding out who had made the present.

I wanted to help to the others (as it turned out it was not a huge help for everyone). As they know my favourite colour is orange, I made an orange Tildas dachshund and wrapped it in orange paper....

Here is the doggy I made. I hope the girl who got it was happy with her present.

B's holder

Saturday, February 23, 2008

In my family B is the 'lucky' one who has to go to the post office to pay the cheques every month. We usually have problems with them as we are not the tidiest people on Earth... (worse than you imagine.... I am sure) so by the time he will have gone to the post office some of the cheques disappeared. I decided to make a place to keep the cheques in (actually I made the plans 5 years ago, but I always forgot them....). I know he really wanted something, so I made him this Tildas holder this year.

In Hungary we have 'namedays'. The names are listed in the calendar and you get presents on your namedays just like on your birthdays. My B hates his nameday (or maybe only does not like it) because it is on Valentine's day which is a very pink and red day with full of hearts here.... (not that funny one with those unsigned postcards...unfortunately....) This pinky thing is so far from us, but I made him this holder to make him happy. And he was. Now the cheques are in a safe place and we know where they are.

Eili' s rose

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I felt so bad I worked on these angels for such a long time I decided to make a little something for Eili. (She was so kind and patient, and wasn't angry with me at all....)
I had just some hours so I made this little Tildas rose....

It is funny. I really do not like pink. But in summer there was a huge bargain in a small shop. They were closing so they sold everything really cheap. It was in a small and dark room, so I didn't see the colours to well. I bought this for the ears of Christmas mice (red ears of course). And when I went out of the shop I realized the fabric was pink. I was not happy at all, but now I really fell in love with this little rose and I thought it suited Eili well.... (I hope she felt the same...:D)

I wanted to post this pic yesterday but I forgot somehow, so I share it with you today.

Eili's angels

Monday, February 18, 2008

It is high time to write about my recent projects. I was very busy last week (I was not totally successful, but I could make some pics to share.)

This is the day of the angels. I have a friend who asked me to make two angels. I started them in November but the very busy Christmas and Advent time stopped this work. I have finished them at the end of January but this weekend they were given to two children. They became guardian angels to be with them when their godmother can't be there (she is my friend.).

They are Tildas design so I loved the work very much. They are the same pattern but it is good to see how different they became at the end. Two different personalities - I think.

First I made the bodies from cotton. I used my favourite cheap IKEA cotton. They looked like this:

I made the wings from the same cotton, but different colour. I used hand stitches to make it more "country" style:

And here are the angels in their dresses:

As you can see they are real angels. I could take this photo about them when they were organizing their new nice project. They try to keep it in secret.....
The best thing that the children got their angels during the weekend. As my friend said the bigger one (a little girl) was so happy, she played with it all day. I am very happy to hear this. I have never had a little one to give my dolls to so it is a huge thing for me. It surely made my day happy.

Have fun angels with the children and take care of them!

Thank you Christine!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

I got a lovely surprise from Christine (my online blogger friend, her link is on the left...). We met through blogs and she sent me a Valentine card and DMC.
And I am sure you can read in thoughts Christine as for my new plan (cross stitch) I need multicolor pink DMC which I never had and you sent me one. Thank you so much! (Ah, and I have to add my stepfather was very happy as he collects stamps especially Canadian and Australian ones, so I gave him the envelope. :D One more thank you!)


Thursday, February 7, 2008

This was the job of last weekend... It is time to put it on blog.

So the story began several years ago in high school. On the first day I met a guy there, he was so tall (and I was the shortest in class) I could not see his head. Some weeks later I got to know him (his best friend was my classmate and friend....) and then a long and complicated realtionship started (a friendship I mean) with lots of laugh, fun, sometimes crying on the other's shoulders and lots of 'battles of words' (this is the way we call when 2 people are talking and teasing each other, making jokes on the other, and fighting through words...).

Our lives changed a bit since then, but I am always happy to meet and talk to him. Luckily we have some friends to spend some time with.

And at the end of January this guy had his 30th birthday. We celebrated it a week later just to make him a bigger surprise. In this branch people are nearly the same age, so this time we have lots of 30th birthdays to celebrate. It is a kind of tradition to make a huge and funny birthday programme on the 30th that is why we are busy this year. (And the birthday guys are frightened about the surprises
before their big days....) He didn't want to have a huge party, but as he is one of the organizers of the other parties he couldn't avoid his faith.

An old joke was made on him was in connection with an eskimo. We decided to give him an eskimo, so I started to make it. I have never made one before so I looked for some pics on the Internet and designed this doll.

He is about 40 cm tall. His body is made of cotton fabric. I know he looks a bit strange, I have to be more careful with the pattern I draw (and not forget a piece on my desk and find it only a week later...) I used plush for the trousers and coat, some fur to decorate and a bit of embroidery, too. I never made a hood before so I had a look at my B's new jumper and miniaturized it. I didn't like to sew the fur, but it looked nice so I continued. (There was fur everywhere in the flat, on my clothes and in my nose.....brrrrrr...)

I had pieces of leatherette so I used them for the boots. This was the hardest part of the work. Luckily I had my pincers around and my fingers survived. It is not easy to sew leatherette even with special needle. I am not a fan of sticking things on a doll, but it was impossible to sew fur on the leatherette and I decided to stick it on with hot glue gun.

Finally I browsed the net again and drew some plans for the face. I embroidered it so I needed something simple, only the main characteristics of an eskimo face. I found some nice pics and they helped a lot. This was the best plan so I emboidered on the face with DMC.

I could not be there on the party but I hope he liked it. I got a thank you message from him but we haven't met since then so we couldn't have talked about it.

Pay It Forward

Sunday, February 3, 2008

I left a comment on a friend's flickr, so it is time for me to start my PIF.

Here is my PIF:

(If you haven't heard about this game, here is the rule...)
The first 3 visitors who leave a comment on this post will get a gift made by me within a year.
The only thing you have to do is to post this on your blog or website and promise to send presents to 3 people (made by you). Thanks for playing with me! :D